Technology-specific advocacy coalitions

The formation of technology-specific advocacy coalitions, as a critical mass of firms develops, helps to gain influence over the institutional framework and win equal or even preferential treatment for the new technology. (Van de Ven and Garud, 1989). In successful change, these build up into a self-reinforcing cycle of sustained growth.
Page 114 Hendry, Brown and Harborne (2008) “Firms, Markets and the Fuel Cell Technology Innovation System in an International Perspective

in Foxon, T, Kohler, J. and Oughton, C. (2008) Innovation For A Low Carbon Economy Economic, Institutional and Management Approaches Cheltenham: Edward Elgar


For a new technology to gain ground, technology-specific coalitions need to be formed and to engage in wider political debates in order to gain influence over institutions and secure institutional alignment. As part of this process, advocates of a specific technology need to build support among broader advocacy coalitions to advance the perception that a particular technology, for example solar cells or gas turbines, answers wider policy concerns. Development of joint visions of the role of that particular technology is therefore a key feature of that process. Hence the formation of ‘political networks’ sharing a certain vision and the objective of shaping the institutional set-up is an inherent part of this formative stage.


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See also instrument constituencies

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